Best Coffee Pour Over Made In USA

A vast majority of coffee pour over brewers are made by slave labor in China. I’m excited to say that I finally found a coffee pour over made in the USA. On Etsy, I found that Millet & Hammer makes a ceramic coffee pour over made in USA. Let’s see how this American made pour over stands up to those pour over’s made in China by slave labor.

Coffee Pour Over Made In USA

What is a Pour Over?

Basically, pour over is a brewing method of slowly pouring hot water over coffee grounds that are sitting in a filter over a coffee mug. This brewing method is super easy, doesn’t take much time or skill, and is very inexpensive.

There’s definitely a technique to it. It’s all in the pour. “Slow” seems to be the operative word. The goal is to create a plume of foam as the water slowly interacts with the coffee grounds. Check online, where there are a ton of videos showing this technique.

Gooseneck Kettle

A gooseneck kettle, like the image here, may not be essential, but it sure makes it easier to hit the exact spot that you’re aiming for, with the right amount of water. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any gooseneck kettles Made In USA.

Look at my Brewing Equipment Recommendation page and you’ll find a nice gooseneck kettle that’s made in Japan. It’s very sturdy, looks beautiful on the stove, the handle is very comfortable, and the spout pours water exactly where you want it.

Gooseneck Kettle for slow pour over
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Coffee Pour Over Made in USA

A vast majority of pour over brewers are made by slave labor in China. After two years of searching, I finally found on Etsy, that Millet & Hammer made a ceramic coffee pour over made in the USA. The first time that I used this pour over, I was blown away by the results. The coffee wasn’t only smooth as silk, but it actually tasted “sweet”.

I know that sounds crazy. How could a ceramic pour over taste better? I was so surprised, that I immediately made two more mugs of coffee. One was made of stainless steel from Italy and one was made of plastic by slave labor in China. The difference was completely unexpected. Hands down, the ceramic, hand made, pour over made far superior coffee.

Pros & Cons

Pros

    1. Made In USA
    2. Beautiful
    3. Hand Made
    4. The “coffee” flavor was very mellow and mild
    5. Absolutely, zero bitterness. A big contributing factor of this was the fact that Lake City Coffee specializes in beans that are smooth as silk. That being said, I’d guess that this pour over would even make Charbucks seem a little less bitter.
    6. Easy to clean
    7. Inexpensive

Cons

    1. Might be tough to make a “strong” cup of coffee (see sections below)
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Chinese Slave Labor

Made In China By Slave Labor

I do my best to not buy anything made by commies, made by slave labor, and thus anything made in China. At one time, before I knew any better, I imported pet products from China and sold them on Amazon. Eventually, I hired a young man in China to find me the best manufacturers and deals.

After a few months, I learned how impoverished, overworked, and underpaid they were. Here we were importing dog toys and I asked him if he had a dog. He said, “Oh no! Only the rich have dogs”.

The Great Cup of Coffee Equation

If you really want to brew an awesome cup of coffee, then it’s essential to understand what’s important and what’s not. Having in your hand a world-class coffee bean that was roasted less than 72 hours ago is only half of the equation. Fortunately for you, this is what we do at Lake City Coffee.

The other 50% of the equation is your brewing techniques. And that’s one reason that I do reviews like this one. Peruse our website and you’ll find dozens of reviews, techniques, and suggestions for making a great cup of coffee.

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Best Beans & Roast For Pour Over

Since the pour over brewing method definitely smooths out (less bitter) any beans you put into it, the pour over isn’t your best choice if you like a very strong cup of coffee. There are a few tricks though. If you like strong coffee and you’re using the pour over brewing method, then buy a dark roast coffee. Secondly, you’ll want to use a medium-fine grind.

I love super smooth coffee, i.e. no bitter flavor. Therefore, I only roast, and Lake City Coffee only sells beans from the Tarrazu Region of Costa Rica. This region is notorious for smooth coffee. Combining these super smooth and very flavorful beans with our low-n-slow roasting method, roasted and shipped the same day, and the pour over brewing method, you’ll most likely end up with the smoothest cup of coffee you’ve ever tasted.

Coffee Pour Over Made In USA

Best Grind For Pour Over

Knowing how to grind coffee is an essential skill. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to learn. With any brewing method, here’s the rule of thumb. The finer the grind, the stronger the flavor and also the more bitter the coffee. The courser the grind, the smoother (non-bitter), but also the less flavor.

For the pour over, what grind to use depends on what you like. If you like a good strong cup of coffee, then go with a fine grind. If you want a super smooth cup of coffee, then go with a courser grind. The lesson here is to experiment and learn what you like best.

Lake City Coffee

Alisha and I started Lake City Coffee in 2015. We just wanted access to some really good whole bean coffee. Here we are almost a decade later and we’re roasting and shipping a lot of coffee to people just like us.

Your choice of beans at Lake City Coffee is very simple. We have one bean “LaPastora” from the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. Why this bean? Well, each year we taste test over two dozen beans from this region, just to pick one bean. You’d be hard pressed to find a coffee roasting company that taste tests two beans, much less two dozen. That’s one reason our coffee is the best you’re likely to find anywhere.

Secondly, we roast and ship the same day. With coffee that fresh, you can’t help but love it, especially if you’re using the pour over brewing method.

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